Thursday, June 26, 2014

Rep Pocan On Gay Marriage Today


Congressman Mark Pocan (WI-02) is co-chair of the LGBT Equality Caucus & today on the one-year anniversary of the Supreme Court’s historic decisions in United States v. Windsor & Hollingsworth v. Perry which struck down Section 3 of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) & dismissed the California’s Prop 8 case on a lack of standing stated, “One year ago today, the Supreme Court came down on the side of equality, justice & love by striking down the Defense of Marriage Act & dismissing the Perry case. Today, thousands of loving gay & lesbian couples have their marriage recognized by the federal government & enjoy benefits afforded to them equally under the law. Since the Supreme Court struck down DOMA, thirteen out of thirteen federal court rulings striking down state marriage bans have cited the Windsor opinion & not a single ban on gay marriage has survived a federal court challenge. Yet until all 50 states in our union recognize all relationships equally & all citizens equally under the law, there will be too many people left behind merely for who they are & whom they love. I am now more confident than ever that full marriage equality is a question not of if, but when.”
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